Gizaw Legesse

Communication Facilitator

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am Communication Facilitator for AgriProFocus Ethiopia.

Previously I worked as a Journalist at Awramba Times, a weekly Amharic newspaper, for about four years as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a columnist.

I am also a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Webmaster. I have a vast experience in writing Articles, preparing reports as well as legal documents.

I graduated from Unity University with LLB Degree in Law.

Apart from the above, I am now developing my experience in event organizing and facilitating in AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Skills and Expertise


Interests


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Posted 3 days 11 hours ago

Change of Date: Poultry Platform Meeting

The third Poultry Platform Meeting is changed from 26 to 28 April 2017.

You are warmly invited to the third Poultry Platform meeting to be hold on Friday 28, 2017afternoon start from 12:30 PM in Addis Ababa AZEMMAN hotel. This, the 3rd poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Program in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).

The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:

• Discussion on challenges and importunity of Ethiopian private poultry sector

• Experience sharing with one private poultry farm

Please note that lunch is served before the meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in AZZEMAN Hotel

Please find attached program here.

To confirm your participation and make enquiries , please contact ENTAG poultry sub sector facilitator Dr. Demeke Wondmagegn, by Email poultry@entag.org/ demeke.wonde@gmail.com or telephone

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Posted 3 days 11 hours ago

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

· New Book Launched
· An interesting Panel Discussion by major stakeholders
· Video of the Panel Discussion is Available

On 19 April 2017, AgriProFocus organized an exciting event where major stakeholders that have close relation with the topic of contract farming come together to attend an interesting panel discussion and to raise questions to practitioners, researchers and policy makers in Ethiopia.

Book Launch

The event marked the launch of a new book entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice” – written based on eight case studies by a number of practitioners and well-known consultants. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort).

The case studies analyze the contract farming practices i

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Anatole Majyambere Dear Gizaw, when will this interesting book be available online?

1 day 13 hours ago

Gizaw Legesse My dearest Anatole, it will be available very soon, and you will be the first to get it. By the way, it is really interesting!

8 hours 35 min ago

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Posted 4 days 16 hours ago

New Book is Available Now for DOWNLOAD

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

Click HERE or Go to www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund

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Posted 1 week 1 day ago

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuni

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Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

In case you missed it, the Business Drinks event was great

AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.

On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-wa

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Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Call for Application: Geodata for Agriculture and Water

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Administrative rules have been published in the Dutch Government Gazette (Staatscourant No. 13493, March 17, 2017)

Budget

The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.

Application period

Requests for an advisory opinion can be submitted from 15 April to 15 June 2017.

Applications may be submitted until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017. If the application is submitted less than two weeks before the deadline of 14 September 2017, the applicant runs the risk that, if it is incomplete, the Minister will not use his or her discretionary powers

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Poultry Platform Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 April 2017, 12:30-17:00
  Addis Ababa

Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA) organizes the second poultry platform meeting on April 26, 2017.

HE Professor Fikadu Beyene, Minister, Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, will attend the event which mainly focuses on the challenges of the poultry sector in Ethiopia.

Relevant stakeholders, as well as members of the poultry platform will participate in the meeting to discuss the current and existing challenges of the sector and the Minister will elaborate on the policy directions priorities.

For more information you can contact:

Dr. Demeke Wondmagegn

+251 (0)91 195 2228

+251 (0)93 986 5714

deme952228@yahoo.com



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18

Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017 to 19 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

AgriProFocus will organize a two-day event on April 18-19, 2017.

On April 18 the closing learning agenda for the FSRE Fund winners will be held and all the winners are invited to attend. FSRE Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus. As the day marks also the closing of the four year program, the event will also be attended by invited relevant stakeholders from Government, Dutch Embassy, Private sector, and other development organizations are expected to attend.

Two important books are completed and published, and they will be launched on April 18 and 19, 2017. Officials from the Government and the Embassy of the Netherlands will honor us by attending and officially launching the publication of the books.

“Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund”

April 18

The main goal of the pu

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Taro Flour Innovative Project of Send a Cow wins the 2017 Bond Innovation Award

The project was funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ethiopia via the FSRE Innovation Fund

Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services. Annually it awards innovations supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, helping them to become independent and self-reliant and to reach their full potential.

The Taro flour innovation processes taro in to flour to extend shelf life and improve food security of Farmers in Wolayta and neighboring zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region mostly face food shortage from the month of March to June. Read a story posted earlier.

Send a Cow Ethiopia received an innovation grant through the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund), financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia,

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30

You are Invited for Business Drinks: Second of 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  30 March 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge

You are Invited for Business Drinks: Second of 2017

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to invite you for the second Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday 30 March at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

AgriProFocus and Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event and use this opportunity to start new business relations and partnerships.

In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and shar

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Grow Vertical: Appreciating the work of Algae

A vertical farm using used plastic bottles as hydroponics

March 3, 2017 (More Pictures)

Ethiopia’s urban population is more than 19.5%, according to 2015 data. One should even more be concerned about the urbanization rate – 4.89%. In a country with food security the first priority, it should be called being conscious to think of options for the future. And Yihun Seid says, “Urban agriculture is inevitable.”

Vertical Farming + (semi) Hydroponic System

You might recall an Article posted here, on AgriProFocus, about one of our member whom I visited his vertical farm made of bamboo structures. Today, I will introduce you another member who constructed a vertical farm in his compound (around Goro, Addis Ababa) while installing a unique hydroponic system by considering not only food security and economic advantages, but also environmental and social values.

Yihun’s vertical vegetable farm rested on 24m2 land, and has four level vertical platf

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Cibarani Cibarani Jolie rémède aux  manques d'espace des gens de la ville

1 month 2 weeks ago

Yihun Seid First off all I would like to express my gratitude for gizaw and agriprofocus for your concern,your visit to my hydroponic farm and posting what you sow will enevitbly bring partners to impliment my new idea to the intended target.once again thank you Gizaw.yihun seid 0964272152

1 month 14 hours ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

3 weeks 4 days ago

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13

New Agribusiness Course from ICRA

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  13 November 2017 to 24 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Ibadan, Nigeria

Application is open for NEW AGRIBUSINESS COURSE

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit - Learning key skills for inclusive business brokerage

For: Professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises

Date and location: 13 -24 November 2017 in Ibadan, Nigeria

Deadline for Scholarship Application is 22 March 2017

Candidates can apply here and click here for scholarship information.

This course will provide concrete skills that participants may immediately apply in their work. They will:

1. Get practical tips on how to secure a stable flow of income for their business support services.

2. Learn to build trust in order to establish sustainable business relationships between farmers, lenders, input and service providers. .

3. Improve their negotiation skills and gain confidence in drafting contracts, which paves the way for better business deals.

Programme

Week 1: Business skills and concepts

Week 2: Facilitation and b

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Application is open for NEW AGRIBUSINESS COURSE

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit - Learning key skills for inclusive business brokerage

For: Professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises

Date and location: 13 -24 November 2017 in Ibadan, Nigeria

Candidates can apply here and click here for scholarship information.

This course will provide concrete skills that participants may immediately apply in their work. They will:

1. Get practical tips on how to secure a stable flow of income for their business support services.

2. Learn to build trust in order to establish sustainable business relationships between farmers, lenders, input and service providers. .

3. Improve their negotiation skills and gain confidence in drafting contracts, which paves the way for better business deals.

Programme

Week 1: Business skills and concepts

Week 2: Facilitation and brokering skills

Application a

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Janine Schoeman Hi Gizaw, have you listed this as an event as well so it shows up in the calendar? Thanks.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Gizaw Legesse Hi Janine, I just posted it as event also. Thanks!

1 month 3 weeks ago

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

MoneyMaker Irrigation Pumps entered Ethiopia

Lydetco plc, in collaboration with KickStart International, launched the MoneyMaker irrigation pumps today, 7 March 2017, at Global Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Lydetco is a private company established two decades ago and a leading organization in importing and distributing solar panels and solar light equipment for rural communities in Ethiopia.

Engineer Dereje Walelegn, General Manager of Lydetco said MoneyMaker irrigation pumps were being piloted with smallholder frames in different parts of Ethiopia before officially launched today. KickStart International is a development organization that has been introducing the technology in more than twenty African countries for the past ten years.

On this product launching event, which included practical demonstration, a number of stakeholders were invited to give feedback and to have discussions. Close partners of AgriProFocus Ethiopia that are playing an important role in the horticulture sector, such

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Moneymaker Pumps to be launched tomorrow in Ethiopia

KickStart International in cooperation with Lydetco plc would like to invite your organization to the launch of our MoneyMaker pumps on the 7th of March, 2017. The launch will provide us with an opportunity to showcase the impacts and benefits of MoneyMaker Irrigation pumps to farmers and stakeholders in Ethiopia.

The launch will be combined with a demonstration on the use of the MoneyMaker Irrigation pumps. It is also a platform for discussion with farmers and other stakeholders who will be sharing their experiences.

Attendance to the launch is free and for reservation you are kindly requested to contact Bereket Feleke on cell: +251913023168 or email: thermal.sales@lydetco.com until 2nd of March, 2017.

Venue : Global Hotel, Lancha, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Date : Tuesday 7th March, 2017

Time : 9:00 to12:30 (Morning 3:0

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Posted 2 months 3 days ago

Vacancy - Deadline Extended to 28th Feb

Sustainable Land Management Expert - Oromia

Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Oromia for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).

PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIP

CASCAPE

CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% increase in agricu

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Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Call for Proposals | SNV | Horti-LIFE

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2017, 6:00PM 

Netherland Development Organisation (SNV)
Grant Opportunities
In
Smallholder Chain Integration Projects in Fruit and Vegetable Sector


Background

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international organisation founded in the Netherlands SNV Ethiopia works in 310 woredas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions. Aligning with the priorities of the Government of Ethiopia in agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene, we implement innovative solutions to increase people's income and employment opportunities.

Currently, SNV Ethiopia implements a 3 year horticulture project called Horti-LIFE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). The overall goal of the project is to increase export and the food and nutritional securit

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Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi, i am  interested in this fund of horticulture. The vegetables we develop are carrots and tomatoes. We want to enlarge our land. 

1 month 2 weeks ago

Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi Didier, we appreciate for training about online platform. we want to accumulate more knowledge.

1 month 2 weeks ago

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Posted 2 months 1 week ago

ICCO Cooperation Launched STARS

In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation  

ICCO Cooperation with ICCO Terrafina Microfinance in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation launched the Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program in Ethiopia. This five-year initiative will directly support 210,000 farmers (50% of whom are women) and reach more than one million people in rural Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Senegal. STARS will address challenges that smallholder farmers face such as poor farming techniques, lack of credit, minimal access to markets, and limited access to appropriate financial products.

STARS program was launched at Golden Tulip hotel, Addis Ababa on February 15, 2017. On the occasion, Mr Toshome Nigussie, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development of Oromia Regional Government, said "the STARS program, will contribute to the realization of the Growth and Transformation Plan of the Ethiopian government, which is an overarching str

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07

Invitation to Solidaridad Working Session

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  07 March 2017, 09:00-13:00
  Gullele Botanic Garden, Addis Ababa

Invitation to Solidaridad Working Session “Agribusiness in Landscapes” during African Landscape Dialogue in Addis Ababa (7 March 2017)

Are you an entrepreneur in agribusiness in Ethiopia and keen to discuss social and environmental impacts in your landscape? Join the “Agribusiness in Landscapes” Working Session!

When? Tuesday morning March 7th 2017 (9 AM – 13 PM)

Where? Gullele Botanic Garden, Addis Ababa.

Solidaridad works together with private sector to realize sustainable production practices in agribusiness supply chains and landscapes. On March 7 2017, during the African Landscape Dialogue in Addis Ababa, Solidaridad will host a working session together with Dutch and Ethiopian entrepreneurs to discuss landscape level challenges around food security and land rights, which directly affect the business environment in Ethiopia.

The idea of this working session is to invite 5 or 6 agribusiness entrepreneurs with extensive experience in Ethiopia to discuss the rol

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Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Vacancy: Sustainable Land Management Expert - Oromia

Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Bahir Dar for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).

Projects and partnership

CASCAPE

CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% increase in agricultural productivit

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